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  • Published: 22 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781681373232
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 244
  • RRP: $27.99

The Word of the Speechless

Selected Stories



Available in English for the first time, a collection of deeply humane stories depicting marginalized populations by one of the greatest South American writers of the 20th century.

The Peruvian writer Julio Ramón Ribeyro is one of the masters of the short story and a major contributor to the great flourishing of Latin American literature that followed the Second World War. In a letter to an editor, Ribeyro said about his stories, “in most of [them] those who are deprived of words in life find expression—the marginalized, the forgotten, those condemned to an existence without harmony and without voice. I have restored to them the breath they’ve been denied, and I’ve allowed them to modulate their own longings, outbursts, and distress.” This is work of deep humanity, imbued with a disorienting lyricism that is Ribeyro’s alone. The Word of the Speechless, edited and translated by Katherine Silver, introduces readers to an indispensable and unforgettable voice of Latin American fiction.

  • Published: 22 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9781681373232
  • Imprint: NY Review Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 244
  • RRP: $27.99

Praise for The Word of the Speechless

“A magnificent storyteller, one of the best of Latin America and probably of the Spanish language, unjustly not recognized as such.” —Mario Vargas Llosa “Ribeyro writes a painting, or linguistically paints a scene in which quiet gestures...communicate as much if not more than the textually explicit or the explicitly textual.” —Letras Hispanas

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